Okonjo-Iweala Dismisses Allegations On FIRS Top Job

Okonjo-Iweala Dismisses Allegations On FIRS Top Job

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday dismissed allegations that she is manipulating the position of chairmanship of the Federal Inland Revenue Service to favour her candidate.

Her Special Assistant on media, Paul Nwabuiku, said that those making the allegations are faceless and should not be taken serious.

"Anybody that knows my boss will know there is no way she can have a candidate. It is about transparency and accountability. Those baseless accusations reflect the character of those making them. There is not truth about it," Nwabuiku said.

The allegation is that the minister had cleared the ways for her preferred candidate to become the next chairman of the FIRS, thereby flouting the due process and federal character in terms of employment as enshrined in the constitution.

The chairmanship position for the FIRS became vacant in April, 2012, when the tenure of Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru ended after eight years as chairman.

Kabiru Mashi has been acting since then. Federal Government had advertised the position and over 30,000 applicants were said to be received, but only six candidates were shortlisted for interview and one of them was alleged to be a graduate of Chemistry.

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